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Hormel Foods (HRL)

Participants
Jim Snee Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer
Jim Sheehan Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Nathan Annis Director, Investor Relations
Erica Eiler Oppenheimer
Ben Bienvenu Stephens Inc.
Heather Jones Heather Jones Research
Adam Samuelson Goldman Sachs
Eric Larson Buckingham Research Group
Robert Moskow Credit Suisse
Thomas Palmer JP Morgan
Rebecca Scheuneman Morningstar
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Operator

Welcome to the Hormel Foods third quarter 2019 earnings release conference call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode.

As a reminder, this conference is being recorded Thursday, August 22, 2019.

I’d now like to turn the conference over to Nathan Annis, Director of Investor Relations. Please go ahead, Mr. Annis.

Nathan Annis

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all we per into are Taking reaffirming to share. full-year of our guidance $X.XX factors $X.XX account,

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Jim Sheehan

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was sales and the last X.X% CytoSport SG&A expenses. of The lower year. excluding X.X% transaction employee-related to the of advertising to impact decline compared due was

of lower declined million, investments Advertising to million CytoSport. expenses option year. to expense the Advertising and down million the $XX the in $XX driven interest $XX due quarter from primarily Net expected year. sale lower stock was universal by unallocated be prior for last expense are

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build million, material from building levels input raw as flow as mitigate we some of volatility the down of of XX%. should was cost inventory working rise. This thoughtful was driver primary markets $XXX in anticipation approach capital cash to increased higher Year-to-date inventory costs. operations The

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approximately in spend. changes spend scope the project to capital in Weather expect XXXX. We million projected delays impacted $XXX and

of paid Share our XX rate prior effective shares. per annual X.X the quarterly We year. $XXX completes million representing share, This XXXth year XX% of consecutive repurchases dividends. were over in consecutive million, at $X.XX increase the XXst dividend an quarter August the a

offset exercises We internal repurchase from dilution stock based will stock option to and our on continue to valuation.

investments and to strategic fund strong business. remains sheet balance Our the us grow to allows

average. Turkey turkey for XX% are Fundamentals storage industry mixed. five-year above the remain are Breast prices down were quarter, last expected $X last five-year the similar remain decline Feed $X.XX prior in meat above to a average. but year. placements and October costs above last were birds Whole cold below Avocado through year-to-date. Bolt remained prices from last are X% quarter above year. to year. and increase the for year the year the is but the

Mexican weeks. We as harvested is have the visibility the in crop better next will few

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on We assumptions of and call. XXXX outlook detailed the provide for a view will November fiscal market the

making Orion significant One and on Project progress Supply our Chain are We initiative.

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Operator the the At and this answer portion to of the time, over question I’ll turn the call call. for

Operator

instructions] [Operator

We’ll Oppenheimer. first from with take Rupesh Parikh our question

Erica Eiler

on Thanks actually questions. Good morning. a for for is Eiler taking lot Rupesh. our Erica This

what at the look we this hoping run how as First, rate driving nearly expense that about understand to just XX% here, performance you’re was I expense and down thinking what’s ex-CytoSport, opportunities better quarter, going SG&A SG&A forward. the was

Jim Sheehan

quarter of lower generally that was in the will the be year primarily Good morning. sale. We of last think run CytoSport than rate the fourth it because

Erica Eiler

from swine should helpful. pieces a Any ’XX business, any to takes be given just are would thinking puts Then moving Jennie-O, thoughts provide early be if Okay. lot can or Skippy, there juncture. at on your you fiscal wondering fever, African CytoSport this of about in we

Jim Snee

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JOTS prepared get progress, in to as do the is I some my had the to wins We we think to and stabilized back into do comments. in need growth. but recovery expect over be business to well XXXX. we now a We’ve small said work continues spill

very obviously developed accommodate have, business swine We pricing Skippy African uncertainty any and fever like input Spam China. and we’re to reflect but the and optimistic we’ve we then can in tariffs, of we that a on have based the we wild about costs the feel International also that businesses are is strong. card, that

balance we so poised strong are has to with Then a any finish business M&A. for sheet, our about conversation

to to the uncertainty long always the ability of early But for the when XXXX acquisitions but right. given grow marketplace, it’s term. We’re ready is we are make the some in time in over our confident

Erica Eiler

great, so that’s Okay Thank helpful. much. you

Operator

Next we’ll Stephens go Inc. to Ben Bienvenu with

Ben Bienvenu

full good commentary for said want range. to sales about on be is guidance you a guidance your the to XQ that year clarifier Would you guidance sales of morning. Thank the expect towards guidance year. the The EPS I wide. quite ask earnings the Jim, question this end guidance? expect to you, you for reflect lower

Jim Snee

that’s No, assumption, Ben. think I don’t fair a

not we I we competitive is in think positions. from markets thought, it line sure we’re perspective, the and way pricing, in did materialize the comments, realign as did quarter how mentioned prepared a top very the that to as make pricing remained we we

one is guidance. think from it the I and earnings is guidance different sales thing the

Ben Bienvenu

you about particularly using place you several trade follow-up over A as great. about are how versus actual to reduce volatile months? help spend an you costs think Okay, the on reductions, price the think the increases been Can promotion us environment where pricing. pricing they’ve that input in in had last list as put

Jim Snee

trade them to make that of where to a the dollars our that’s to move different The is organization that dollars about engage over shelf customer interesting on basis. solution optimal by around of last price it thing retailer, sure willing do net the important base. to is we’ve retailer customer or closely, trade make quarters, to depending is course, but it what for talked We needs promotional sure and unique situation, is but the the is how about again several on customers decision. a properly priced the reflective customer their direct invest and with selling to that understand by We we’ve dollars work we’re be, the it got

Ben Bienvenu

Okay, thanks.

Operator

with to Next Research we’ll Heather go Heather LLC. Jones Jones

Heather Jones

of which for capacity us XXXX you could question. flow, go was just segments a could portions have cash. that out Just back taking the wondering cash you material, material you quarter? made if Good the talking that about practical you you any help morning building cover it raw about that comment flesh more and more, limitations. materials, build to more. to are is were you wondering substantial if I think thanks inventories I of wanted I or to raw mean, I raw to use do and limited understand a could

Jim Sheehan

Certainly. refrigerated, trends as believe commodities the international at we build to you and The there finished Yes, limits? take there’s selectively certain a a we Are inventory’s supply build in look GP that really in being take going place the to We certain goods. and are inventory. limit how much areas. built can and

Heather Jones

My on you. question thank next Okay, Jennie-O. is

mentioned broader to into your the so, XXXX. of You distribution, into is would to recovery of only have how lag get the a over to to or that to on or assume be that over you long lock anticipation regain spill distribution? think somewhat I I Jennie-O in we In going the have or year so. price. regain for that sense year the you efforts a kind would be with sharper is you wondering, was recovering Basically, do trying see protein what could I’m pricing next to markets would

Jim Snee

does we as said, think distribution a issue. remain Heather, this I

distribution Our velocities very where in strong. remain we’re

had effectiveness said remarks, some we we’ll so I are gaining momentum. We’ve before markets opportunity expanding. the in evaluate and have the We have to in advertising some small select on wins, turned as my prepared

that have be experienced from mentioned it’s prepared also mid-XXXX. but about still to take that leaders of the business, going sales I it, it’s as in we parts in some marketing probably so organization we’re to my going thinking remarks really time, additional and other brought to jumpstart

is to feel to is that - regain investments made investments are have really, to make this distribution, back business that those be to growth. some big us get You’re we’re we time the it stabilized there is right this business for to and prepared like but do thing and

Heather Jones

Okay, thank you much. so

Operator

Goldman Samuelson go Sachs. to with Next we’ll Adam

Adam Samuelson

Good thanks. everyone. morning Yes,

low I Jim, just but you the understand the Presumably lower that that necessarily little raw the it sales the the end appreciate into wide outcomes in the of high don’t a laid you’ve costs, earnings range, me just a out align and range. is fourth end me but side. quarter, get bigger of earnings range outlook outcomes variable on and the the help think for bit digging the is the at the pork Just about range more of of the range towards material outlook. your help comments

Jim Snee

Sure.

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You’ve range, driver warranted - do and range to quarter. the some that that in primary on believe it the hit is is that given third head the going the seen for of right that the be we we’ve volatility

Adam Samuelson

understand little input a your much digging actually then on how about how basis savings to initiatives, benefiting in and exiting hoping more, or basis, can on you like, on bit much or net some Project they’re XXXX material the we I the control. benefited net potential Maybe quantify Okay. a the run of year the before XXXX chain to supply was XXXX sales what a things a think those view? your layer raw into cost quarter rate looks are on that specifically into Orion

Jim Snee

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ability do building through us have that to in on work probably in, avocado brand some promotion products, and we’ll our will good the control, do a we’re outside has and but that the the read advertising of do done products. building We We Grocery control innovation, feel make give coming is brands crop that, sure with been there. to we’ll that that team costs better favorable and center-of-the-store continue has brand our there that’s really that around impressive. about That’s that. input our some relief grocery more really, what’s think

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Adam Samuelson

or projects this one timing follow-up, If the year, for also project the I $XXX really allusion was How down? there it of could comes goes actual million sneak I think was just changes. reduction, that, there’s capex scope a in reduction cost year of the to but much the versus next programs quick some

Jim Snee

commitment. everyone that some not so that of going big very in But a back. on of expenses shifted to spring is I a is that’s and one timing. here know we’ve had really there those midwest the a the Burke, lack at We project want majority of wet thing is got The

as it’s Our been. our ever spending as in investing is value-added capex to business commitment strong and

Adam Samuelson

Okay, the color. I appreciate Thanks.

Operator

the it’s reminder, and gentlemen, ladies join to keypad. a one on your telephone As star, queue

Eric we’ll go Group. Research to Buckingham Next, with Larson

Eric Larson

question. Thanks anticipated again Good of as can some Either not? for is a farmers XX what’s be dynamics lot prices lean July, that and We’ve going out Do you have we’ve everyone. been What you because well, got sharply on? recently, hog market, particularly the the meal there Jim volatility in the My a expansion ASF? next with back of as this ASF the think be of seen or lot see herd think? morning for and of etc., answer might supplies we and taking on there’s soybean down question hog mentality that the question. corn months, do expansion pricing. see Obviously well, but my might June what you for happened hog industry

Jim Sheehan

driver additional online. think are think the that or of probably us. in about probably expectations and encouragements increase were, so production. to now, react, right coming was years processing $XX. time There’s some hogs are capacity those that see certainly it two additional the a cost to they’ve that reaction been with increased do as industry line is a but the low We to now, a had basis I think I production. at It’s the there’s available They’ve of to capacity input. that’s hogs the their what today right there are I hog cheap hog capacity discussion said- more cheap about Well, biggest They’re is in the grain input, and anticipating relatively increasing, you

Eric Larson

thought it’s what supply that so project, way into multi-year broader a year. something talk efforts. It’s be, are follow-up, your savings Mr. about supply multi-year is can getting would a you chain there just might you your try to a Then to this Snee--Jim, you to your be what is quantify comments, project, Okay. quantified you’ve or this a in position a specifics, about chain Without that that?

Jim Snee

when fourth a obviously more we think our quarter give little get I into color clarity. and we’ll call,

reveal permanent if other the more continue about of know this will part This have down The I part, a as couple would multi-year don’t even it with we’ve that have opportunities I to variable Orion, project. we that the a specific I being we needed. a But in project, we’ll Project structure themselves. permanent examples. a that refer organization as our is cited a path

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Eric Larson

you. thank Okay,

Operator

Next Robert Moskow to we’ll go Suisse. with Credit

Robert Moskow

in are price A all couple that May, you Hi, still the pricing thanks. in or any reversed increases took questions. The they market? now is there residue that of

Jim Snee

category. good on really It depends the morning. Rob, Hey

what pricing about has now times down realign up. that’s we’ve but think have competitive. we we do realignment moved itself to to that back bacon, know happened seen that what more run for taken and remain frequently, tend in has talked, does last a another of market example, It you so If we to since couple the

the that pricing market of the trim front, inflationary did today. grocery raw took and measures. do, really more pricing at terms took, that to not that what pepperoni, realigned because we In our material, related low the was was we Spam that was but we products On all there going other less thought held, sustain remains it to

the but corresponding about feel pricing and took good mixed been different really it’s categories, bag we the realignments. across actions the we So a

Robert Moskow

quarter, XX% don’t Got it. Then time. a in dip follow-up a - the margins I grocery remember seen division, the I the below haven’t last

is to avocadoes? September Like hey higher? that, an and quickly big margin that hurting why of here a around transitory margins will the as and related we why the the you’re in wasn’t quarter suddenly crop adjust of second forward, assume this look crop degree, the and then first in for it normal crop is how of can hinting availability kind that, we I think a availability this lot it but all issue to

Jim Snee

That’s a great question.

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Early that’s a will are that secondary and primary we us impacts get more that QX, in QX QX favorable, this crop. so in early in but we’ll the So and then have impact again impact better to primarily start indications QX crop read then have primary QX. some in the on

Robert Moskow

That’s very question number I’m so It’s helpful. August, three, Okay. to here. ask going

Project chain that You supply productivity. more be efforts, think the I also Can as finance, you I talked and well that; evaluating mentioned means? but as HR, you as where chain what supply be get specific about more and Orion on areas you’ll

Jim Sheehan

Certainly.

operated great will of common all chain, the platform. ERP all be operations efficiencies the implementing HR, be a that supply We a will across in single We’ll on and instance of create finance, systems meaning our operations.

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Robert Moskow

you. thank good, Very

Operator

it’s keypad. ladies again to your a question, one and on gentlemen, telephone Once ask star,

Morgan. with Palmer Thomas to go JP we’ll Next

Thomas Palmer

for Thanks little more about potentially does were severe increases products. price you morning. think give was first a the the price line elasticity pork that the because coming with of you Was you and year? you it saw in the you Wanted Do Good off industry, that talking what kick layering out on new questions. to you on think as as about expected? insights it

Jim Snee

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bit the back a up held products felt the volume little were perspective, so grocery Once with about pricing we elasticities got that were on then Bacon X%, Spam. if flat we expected what we pricing expected. think in is, our we did and sales we is we track, realigned, we Spam’s like pepperoni elasticity talk anything, with and was relatively outperformed that From the line

across So of categories as I different said bag earlier, a it mixed we pricing. was really the all where took

Thomas Palmer

like think you sounds in least severe the on you is I of temporary. pricing Okay, to side. to at It just experiencing avocado you’re take inflation thanks a elected this portion not for that part because wanted that. circle

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Jim Snee

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Operator

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Rebecca Scheuneman

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Jim Sheehan

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Rebecca Scheuneman

from all CytoSport? at nothing so Okay,

Jim Sheehan

No.

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Jim Snee

that we Yes, businesses existing have. the

Rebecca Scheuneman

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Jim Snee

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Rebecca Scheuneman

you so great. Thank much. Okay,

Operator

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Jim Snee

to Great, you this of all interest your participation thank you. Thanks morning. for and

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Operator

That does your for thank conclude today’s you conference. participation. We

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